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Study: Some meds increase risk of falling in men

Older men who take certain types of prescription drugs have twice the risk of suffering a serious fall than men who do not take these medications, according to a new British study.

The drugs in question all contain a significant amount of what are known as anticholinergic properties. These drugs are prescribed for a wide range of ailments, including depression, insomnia and respiratory and cardiovascular problems. Drugs with anticholinergic properties have long been known to have potential side effects such as blurred vision, increased blood pressure and disorientation. Researchers found the more of these drugs a man took, the higher his risk of falling. The drugs did not appear to have the same effect on women.

Researchers noted that men prescribed these drugs should talk with their physician before stopping any medication.

To see a list of common drugs with significant anticholinergic properties, go to

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